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Research Fellow (Qrowd)

Web & Internet Science

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £30,395 to £32,236 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term (until the 30/11/2019)
Closing Date:  Thursday 20 June 2019
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1113119FP-R3

We are looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher to work on QROWD (http://qrowd-project.eu/), an EU Horizon 2020 collaborative research and innovation programme involving industrial partners across Europe, which runs until November 2019. 

The aim of QROWD is to capitalize on hybrid Big Data integration and analytics methods, i.e., the effective and efficient combination of algorithms and human computation across all links of the Big Data Value Chain, in particular, for the improvement of urban mobility.

You will undertake research on the use of human computation techniques for continuously improving the accuracy of machine learning classifiers and data integration tasks, including the development of benchmarking methods for quantifying the tradeoff between accuracy gain and decrease of processing speed. You are expected to adapt your methods to different crowds (paid microworkers, volunteers, citizens) and interfaces (PC, mobile, home assistants) and deliver ready-to-use tools for specific scenarios.

You should have a PhD in Computer Science or a related field or equivalent professional qualification and work experience. In particular, expertise in one or more of the following areas is essential: Crowdsourcing, social computing, computer-human interaction. Prior experience with Human-in-the-loop approaches for improving machine learning algorithms is a plus.  

The post is based in the Web and Internet Science (WAIS) research group (www.wais.ecs.soton.ac.uk), which undertakes interdisciplinary research focusing on the science and technology of the Web and the Internet. WAIS is one of six research groups within Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) at the University of Southampton.  ECS is the UK’s leading academic unit integrating computer science, electronics, and electrical engineering.

You must have outstanding time management, organisation, and collaboration skills. The post includes joint work with other institutions and meetings with the project team (quarterly or similar) in locations across Europe. It also requires strong English communication skills (oral and written) to engage with different organisations and roles, engage in public outreach, produce publications and present work to different audiences.

It is critical that the application shows clear evidence of both the technical and non-technical aspects relevant to the job.

The University has a generous maternity policy and onsite childcare facilities; employees are able to participate in the childcare vouchers scheme. Other benefits include state-of-the-art on-campus sports, arts and culture facilities, a full programme of events and a range of staff discounts. Due consideration will be given to applicants who have taken a career break. University of Southampton holds an Athena Swan Silver Award.

Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification.  The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD.  Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

The post is available until 30 November 2019. For further information please contact Professor Elena Simperl email: e.simperl@soton.ac.uk.  

Application procedure:

You should submit your completed online application form at www.jobs.soton.ac.uk. The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Charlene Tyson (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 6803. Please quote reference 1113119FP-R3 on all correspondence.

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

Further details:

We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.


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